has many colourful festivals. A prominent few are
at Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple
the famous Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple, two festivals,
Painguni (March-April) and Alpasi (October
– November), are celebrated. On the last day of both
the Alpasi festival and Painguni festival, the deity
is taken in procession along a five kilometre route
to the beach for a holy dip in the sea. This is known
as the famous “Aratt” of Thiruvananthapuram.
at Beema Palli
Chandanakkudam at Beema Palli near Thiruvananthapuram,
is one of the most colourful Muslim festivals. This
festival has a duration of ten days. This ‘Mahotsavam’
is said to be the death anniversary of Beema Beevi,
a devote lady pilgrim who came to Kerala from Mecca
and settled down at this place with her son Mahin
Abubacker Ollyulla. The Chandanakkudam Mahotsavam
at Vizhinjam also attracts large number of pilgrims.
Perunnal at Vettucaud
the important festival of Christians, mention has to be
made of the ‘Christuraja Perunnal’ commemorated in
the Madre-de-dieu church at Vettucaud, near Veli. This is
celebrated during the first half of November every year.
is during this season that millions of pilgrims, clad in
yellow clothes, visit Varkala (Sivagiri), a spiritual centre
associated with Sree Narayana Guru.
Kaalioottu in the Bhagavathy Temple at Sarkara, near Chirayinkeezh,
the Ponkala in the Bhagavathy Temple at Attukal in the city
and the Navarathri festival at the Poojamandapam near Sri
Padmanabha Swamy Temple are also important religious festivals
in the district.
season is colourfully celebrated as a state festival. During
this season, the city is illuminated and many colourful
cultural programmes are organized, culminating in a grand